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Sailor and the Soldier, The

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Performer: Williams, Bill
Place Collected: Gloucester
Date collected: 1957
Collector: Kennedy, Peter
Roud Number: 350

This appears to be a fairly recent song, in folk song terms, as versions start to appear from the start of the 20th Century.  It has often been collected in England and occasionally elsewhere.  The form invites improvisation of new verses.  It has even been taken up by the armed forces, with bawdy verses.

Notes by Gwilym Davies Feb 2020